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Radio-carbon Dates and the Mayan Correlation Problem

Naturevolume 199pages473474 (1963) | Download Citation

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IN two papers published in 1956 and I9601, Linton Satterthwaite, jun., presented his interpretation of radio carbon dates obtained from wood from Temples I and IV and Structure 10 at Tikal, Guatemala. He concluded that the Goodman–Thompson correlation of the Mayan and Christian calendars, or a variant thereof, should be accepted. In this communication, I propose to point out certain weaknesses in his basic assumptions, and to offer alternatives which, in my opinion, are as likely to be valid as his.

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    • CHARLES H. SMILEY

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